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Encode a hex string.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Text 2.4 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "Text.EncodeToHex"; text { ; Encoding } )   More

(old name: String.EncodeToHex)


Parameter Description Example Flags
text The text to process. "Hello World"
Encoding The text encoding for text parameter.
Default is native.
Possible encoding names: ANSI, ISO-8859-1, Latin1, Mac, Native, UTF-8, DOS, Hex, Base64 or Windows. More listed in the FAQ.
"UTF-8" Optional


Returns encoded text.


Encode a hex string.
Please check what text encoding you want to use. Especially what the software processing the hex string expects.

Similar to HexEncode function in FileMaker 16, but we can specify text encoding. For containers see Container.GetHex and Container.DecodeFromHex.


Encode Hex as UTF-8:

MBS( "Text.EncodeToHex"; "Hello World"; "utf8" )

Example result: 48656C6C6F20576F726C64

Check for hex encoding:

Length(MBS( "Text.EncodeToHex"; MBS( "Text.DecodeFromHex"; "41004200" )))

Example result: Returns 8 in FileMaker 16 and 6 in FileMaker 15 due to different text handling.

Encode emojis:

MBS( "Text.EncodeToHex"; "🍎 🍓 🍒"; "UTF-8" )

Example result: F09F8D8E20F09F8D9320F09F8D92

See also

Example Databases

Blog Entries

This function checks for a license.

Created 18th August 2014, last changed 31st January 2023

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